Industry Week in Review – January 23, 2015

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (“SpaceX”) raised $1 billion in a financing round with two investors, Google and Fidelity Investments. Google took down $900 million of the financing in exchange for a 7.5% stake in SpaceX.

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Strategic Drivers of M&A in the Middle Market, Part I: Increasing Business Development Burden

An increasing portion of Federal contractor M&A activity in recent years has been characterized by the emerging phenomenon of transactions amongst middle market companies. This trend has been driven primarily by: (i) ability to enhance business development capabilities; (ii) increasing middle market competition; (iii) the challenge of transition from small business to large, and (iv) capitalizing on priority market access.

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Industry Week in Review – January 16, 2015

On Thursday, Bombardier Inc. announced that it intends to temporarily halt work on one of its flagship models, the Learjet 85 aircraft. Delivery of Bombardier’s Learjet 85 was originally scheduled for the end of 2013, but subsequently delayed beyond 2014 given a number of manufacturing problems.

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Industry Week in Review – January 9, 2015

On Tuesday, Boeing reported the highest annual orders and deliveries of its commercial jetliners in the Company’s history. With net new orders of 1,432 in 2014, Boeing topped its previous record of 1,355 orders made in 2007.

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2015 Predictions for the GovCon M&A Market

As expected, 2014’s GovCon M&A market ended on an uptick as–deal announcement-wise– the fourth quarter was the busiest quarter of the year. While the business-side of the GovCon market remains challenging from a budget and competitive perspective, many of the factors that contributed to the slight GovCon M&A volume increase in 2014 are expected to support continued deal activity into 2015.

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Industry Week in Review – January 2, 2015

Earlier this week, Bombardier Inc. announced a deal with an unnamed customer for a firm order of 16 of its CSeries regional jets, along with options to purchase an additional eight jets. The order, for the CRJ900 NextGen model, is worth approximately $1.12 billion at list price should the customer exercise its options.

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Industry Week in Review – December 26, 2014

The Pentagon approved another $3 billion in foreign arms sales to Iraq for General Dynamic’s M1A1 Abrams tanks and for AM General’s Humvee armored cars. Pending congressional approval, the deal would bring the total U.S. weapons sales to Iraq to almost $15 billion.

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Industry Week in Review – December 19, 2014

The Aerospace Industries Association (“AIA”), a premier trade association representing major aerospace and defense companies, released it 2014 Year-End Review and Forecast earlier this week.

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    Robert D. Kipps

    Mr. Kipps has over 20 years of experience in providing transaction advisory....

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    Kevin P. DeSanto

    Mr. DeSanto has a broad base of experience in providing transaction advis...

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    Michael J. Misantone

    Mr. Misantone has a broad base of advisory experience in the aerospace, defense, and...

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    Karl M. Schmidt

    Mr. Schmidt is a Managing Director at KippsDeSanto & Co., with vast exp...

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    Marc B. Marlin

    Mr. Marlin has a broad base of experience in providing transaction advisory services...

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    Jon Yim

    Mr. Yim is a Director at KippsDeSanto & Co., with a broad base of experience...

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    George “Toby” F. Albright, III

    Mr. Albright is a Director at KippsDeSanto & Co., with a broad base...

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    Robert G. Dowling

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